MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

August 3, 2013

Virginia Emeline Henry

1932 - 2013


— Virginia Emeline Henry was born November 29, 1932 to Maxie Hefley and Charlotte Allen Carter Hefley in Webbers Falls bottom in Oklahoma. She passed this life July 31, 2013, in Broken Arrow, Okla. She was a graduate of Gore High School where she played on the basketball team.

After graduation, she attended Draughon’s Business College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She entered her civil service career at Davis Field in Muskogee, Oklahoma, then on to the Hugo Real Estate Office. After one year she was transferred to the Broken Bow Powerhouse. While there she was accepted into the training program for powerhouse operators, to become the first woman power plant operator in the state of Oklahoma. Due to failing health of her parents, she then transferred to Fort Gibson Powerhouse, and then retired in 1993.

Virginia had been a member of the Order of Eastern Star for 49 years, where she held several offices. She was also involved in the Rainbow for Girls Organization. Virginia helped form the Rainbow for Girls Organization in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. She was chosen as State Mother Advisor for the State of Oklahoma and held the office as Committee Member for years. Virginia attended the First Baptist Church of Wagoner for years.

Survivors include daughter Pam Wooten of Tulsa, Brother Carl Hefley and his wife Judy of Jenks, one grandson Jared Wooten and his wife Shannon of Stillwater, one granddaughter Jacey Wooten McDaniel and her husband Ryan of Tulsa, two great granddaughters Abbie Lynn Wooten of Stillwater and Riley Grace McDaniel of Tulsa; Two great grandsons Cooper Blake Wooten of Stillwater and Cohen David McDaniel of Tulsa. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents in 1994 and 1998; oldest brothers Bob “Sonny” Hefley in 2006 from Bardwell, KY, middle brother FM “Boo” Hefley in 2009 of Gore, and youngest brother Charles “Wahoo” Hefley in 2006 of Gore.

A family greeting will be held on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the Shipman Funeral Home Chapel from 1 o’clock to 4 o’clock.

A graveside service will be held at White Cemetery in Gore, Oklahoma with Life Celebrant Anita Shipman officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory in Wagoner, Oklahoma.